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The NFL has officially passed it’s quarter season mark. We can start to see who’s ready for big time play, who still needs a bit more help (or health) and who can start looking towards next year for better days.
Players don’t have an excuse anymore for dumb penalties and bonehead plays. I should be able to say the same thing for coaches and game officials, but we’re seeing a different thing play out on the field.
1. Philadelphia Eagles (5-0)
The Eagles are beating teams with long (run heavy) drives on offense and getting their team off the field on defense. What a concept.
2. Kansas City Chiefs (4-1)
Travis Kelce had seven catches for 25 yards against the Raiders. Wait, let me say that over, Travis Kelce scored four touchdowns against the Raiders!
3. Buffalo Bills (4-1)
The Bills are back on track to win everything under the sun. They’ve given up an average of 11.5 points per game in their current winning streak.
4. Minnesota Vikings (4-1)
Minnesota will not wow you statistically, but they’ve pulled out some close wins this season. They also get a wounded Dolphins team this week before they hit their bye.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-2)
I hope Tom Brady buys his referee friends watches or something like that at the end of the season. I mean lineman usually get a gift for protecting their quarterback, so why not the officials?
6. San Francisco 49ers (3-2)
The 49er are ranked first in points given up and first in yards allowed. They’ve given up an average of 8.4 points per game.
7. Dallas Cowboys (4-1)
The legend of Cooper Rush is growing. It is now said he has the ability turn water into wine.
8. New York Giants (4-1)
The Giants have scored a total of seven rushing touchdowns so far this season and they’ve only allowed one on defense.
9. Baltimore Ravens (3-2)
The Ravens rank fourth in points scored and they’ve scored 15 touchdowns on offense in their first five games.
10. Green Bay Packers (3-2)
At the moment, Aaron Rodgers’ best receiver is Randall Cobb. They’re going to need one of the younger targets to emerge as a top receiver.
11. Miami Dolphins (3-2)
The Dolphins don’t know who their starting quarterback will be this week and injuries to their defense has put them in a precarious position.
12. Los Angeles Chargers (3-2)
The Chargers are on a two game winning streak, outscoring their opponents 64-52. Their next two opponents are Denver and Seattle (the Russell Wilson tour) on the road.
13. Tennessee Titans (3-2)
Tennessee started the season on a two game losing streak. They’ve now slid right into first place after a three game winning streak.
14. New York Jets (3-2)
The Jets are undefeated with Zach Wilson under center (or in shotgun) this season.
15. Los Angeles Rams (2-3)
The Rams offense is just not as explosive as it was last season. They rank 29th in points scored and 26th in total yards gained this season.
16. Cincinnati Bengals (2-3)
The Bengals have scored a total of 54 points in two wins this season. They’ve scored the same total of 54 points in their three losses.
17. Cleveland Browns (2-3)
The Browns have lost their last two games by a total of five points. They ranked 23rd in points allowed this season.
18. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-3)
Jacksonville has lost two in a row, scoring a total of 26 points. They have seven turnovers in that span.
19. Denver Broncos (2-3)
Russell Wilson has hit the injury report with a shoulder injury. I wonder if he’s had the same injury all season?
20. New Orleans Saints (2-3)
The Saints have given up 70 points in three losses and 58 in two victories. That weirdo stat proves they only win when they score a lot of points.
21. New England Patriots (2-3)
Nick Folk kicked five field goals and Rhamondre Stevenson rushed for 161 yards in a Patriots thrashing of the Lions. New England might be the only team we won’t be able to figure out until the season is over.
22. Arizona Cardinals (2-3)
Arizona has given up a total of 84 points in three losses this season. They rank 22nd in total points allowed.
23. Seattle Seahawks (2-3)
The Seahawks rank 31st in points allowed and 32nd in total yards allowed.
24. Chicago Bears (2-3)
The Bears should strongly consider trading for some wide receiver help.
25. Atlanta Falcons (2-3)
The Falcons clearly got robbed of another chance at the end of their game Sunday. With the way their quarterback is playing, would it have really made a difference?
26. Indianapolis Colts (2-2-1)
Matt Ryan ranks fifth in passing yards (1,376), but the Colts are somehow ranked last in points per game.
27. Detroit Lions (1-4)
The Lions were averaging 35.0 points a game and managed to put a big, fat donut up against the Patriots.
28. Houston Texans (1-3-1)
Not only did Houston grab their first win before they head into the bye week, but they get to play the Raiders when they come off their bye week. That’s a great formula for a win streak.
29. Las Vegas Raiders (1-4)
If Josh McDaniels still needs a learning experience after years of being Bill Belichick’s assistant, the Raisers are in trouble.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-4)
Mike Tomlin might have been better off starting Kenny Pickett against a different opponent.
31. Washington Commanders (1-4)
Washington has given up 11 passing touchdowns while only forcing one interception. That lone interception is their only forced turnover of the season.
32. Carolina Panthers (1-4)
Carolina fired head coach Matt Rhule after the team’s 1-4 start. His choice of quarterback during his three year tenure could be the reason why.